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BMLN: Smith Leads Fisher Cats; Lugnuts Roll
David Smith broke Friday's game open with a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to give the Fisher Cats their second win in as many games.
Smith went 3-for-4 on the night with three RBI and two doubles leading New Hampshire to a 7-3 victory over New Britain. With runners on base this season Smith is batting 3-for-5 with three runs batted in.
Manny Mayorson also had a three-hit evening as he went 3-for-5 with a double, one run scored and one RBI. Mayorson is now 4-for-8 on the season and is having success in every scenario he has been put in.
Designated hitter Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a walk and also scored two runs in the victory. Chip Cannon belted his first home run of the season in the third inning and finished the game with two runs scored. Cannon, however, also struck out twice in four at bats. Cannon has now struck out four times in eight at bats and in three at bats against left-handed pitching, he has gone down swinging each time.
Carlo Cota hit one of four doubles for the Fisher Cats in the game and finished 2-for-4.
Davis Romero picked up the victory in his first Double-A start going five innings and allowing eight hits three runs, although only two earned. Romero struck out five and didn't issue a walk on the evening. Romero retired the leadoff hitter four times in his five innings of work.
Jason Arnold followed up with two scoreless innings, striking out a pair of batters. James Bullard and Rodney Ormond each pitched a scoreless inning. Bullard struck out two of the three batters he faced.
Late Comeback Falls Sort for Dunedin
The Dunedin Blue Jays scored three runs in the eighth inning, but it was too little and too late as they dropped a 6-5 decision to Clearwater.
Eric Fowler had a rough start in his debut in full-season baseball. The southpaw went 4 1/3 innings and allowing eight hits, six runs, although only three were earned. Fowler recorded two strikeouts and didn't issue a walk. The southpaw had a tough time pitching with men on base as Clearwater batter 6-for-12 when runners were on. With the bases empty, Fowler issued just two hits in nine at bats.
Justin James, Danny Core, T.J. Gornati and Milton Tavarez combined to throw 4 2/3 shut out innings. James retired two of the three batters he faced, while issuing one walk. Core allowed a hit in his two innings of work, while Gornati and Tavarez each pitched an inning. Gornati allowed a hit, while striking out two, and Tavarez allowed a hit, while recording one strikeout.
Dustin Majewski was the offensive star for Dunedin going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.Ryan Patterson went 1-for-4 in the ball game, but drove in two with a home run in the eighth inning. Robinzon Diaz went 2-for-4 in the game with one double, and two runs scored. Josh Kreuzer went 1-for-3 in the game with one double, and one RBI, while Ryan Klosterman also lined a double and scored a run.
Lugnuts Offense Remains Hot
The Lansing Lugnuts continued what they started yesterday as they won Game 2 of the season by a score of 7-3.
Lansing had four doubles in the game. Chris Gutierrez, Jacob Butler, Brian Pettway and Jesus Gonzalez each had one.
Sean Shoffit continued his hot hitting in the leadoff spot going 2-for-5 with a run scored. The second baseman is batting 5-for-9 on the season.
Gutierrez finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.
Joey Metropoulos went 2-for-3 in the cleanup spot with a run scored and one RBI. Metropoulos is now 3-for-5 on the season with runners on base and is hitting .500 with runners in scoring position.
Butler went 1-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI, while Pettway drove in two runs in the victory.
Kristian Bell picked up the victory going five innings and allowing three hits, three runs, three walks and striking out five. Billy Carnline pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out four. Scott Roy wrapped the game up with a scoreless ninth inning.
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